Inclusive learning and teaching environments

Thursday 15 February 2018, 12.30pm to 2.00pm

Speaker: Claire Shanks, Disability Services
Location: Room P/T/007, Heslington west campus

Inclusive Teaching or Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a relatively new concept in higher education that means we have to change how we think about educational practice so that a greater diversity of students is included in higher education, including disabled students.

Moving towards UDL means challenging the status quo of the traditionally advantaged learner and a pedagogy based almost entirely on text based learning. Inclusive learning and teaching recognises all students’ entitlement to a learning experience that respects diversity, enables participation, removes barriers and anticipates and considers a variety of learning needs and preferences.

This workshop is designed using an appreciative enquiry approach (sometimes known as a World Café). It will provide an opportunity for all those present to share opinions and good practice in terms of inclusive learning and teaching as well as how to create an engaging and inclusive environment to enable effective learning. Inclusive teaching and learning practice is important in meeting our legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010.

It is our intention to make the event fun and interactive. It will provide you with an opportunity to network with colleagues and perhaps learn from other people’s experiences and good practice. The outcomes of this event will be central to the University’s aims and aspirations of creating an inclusive learning environment whilst complementing the York

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